WebTorrent Desktop - Privacy Edition
The streaming torrent app. For Mac, Windows, and Linux.
About this fork
This is a privacy extended version of webtorrent, with the following changes:
No autoupdate mechanism. The main reason is that I do it for my personal purposes and I don't want to compile it for other platforms
Automatically stop seeding after download. Yes, I know, being a leech is not nice. If you want to seed, you can click on the torrent again to seed manually. Please be nice and seed, but if you are in a hotel room or on a data connection, you want to stop seeding as soon as possible.
Do not send anonymized telemetry to Webtorrent servers. I have nothing against doing it by default, but it should be configurable. This edition has it off by default
Please do not expect me to keep this version up to date, handle bugs nor compile a version for your platform.
If you need to compile it for your platform, follow the compile and packaging instructions.
Acknowledgements to upstream WebTorrent
I would like to thank the WebTorrent team for making an amazing piece of software, this is just a flavor that I like more. And thanks to the open-source edition. All credit goes to the WebTorrent team for making this possible, head over to their website for new version, cool new stuff and services.
Running and installing
Or you can just do this from the command line:
npm install && npm start
How to compile and package
Get the code
$ git clone https://github.com/webtorrent/webtorrent-desktop.git $ cd webtorrent-desktop $ npm install
Run the app
$ npm start
Watch the code
Restart the app automatically every time code changes. Useful during development.
$ npm run watch
$ npm test
Run integration tests
$ npm run test-integration
The integration tests use Spectron and Tape. They click through the app, taking screenshots and comparing each one to a reference. Why screenshots?
- Ad-hoc checking makes the tests a lot more work to write
- Even diffing the whole HTML is not as thorough as screenshot diffing. For example, it wouldn't catch an bug where hitting ESC from a video doesn't correctly restore window size.
- Chrome's own integration tests use screenshot diffing iirc
- Small UI changes will break a few tests, but the fix is as easy as deleting the offending screenshots and running the tests, which will recreate them with the new look.
- The resulting Github PR will then show, pixel by pixel, the exact UI changes that were made! See https://github.com/blog/817-behold-image-view-modes
For MacOS, you'll need a Retina screen for the integration tests to pass. Your screen should have the same resolution as a 2018 MacBook Pro 13".
For Windows, you'll need Windows 10 with a 1366x768 screen.
When running integration tests, keep the mouse on the edge of the screen and don't touch the mouse or keyboard while the tests are running.
Package the app
Builds app binaries for Mac, Linux, and Windows.
$ npm run package
To build for one platform:
$ npm run package -- [platform] [options]
The following optional arguments are available:
--sign- Sign the application (Mac, Windows)
--package=[type]- Package single output type.
deb- Debian package
rpm- RedHat package
zip- Linux zip file
dmg- Mac disk image
exe- Windows installer
portable- Windows portable app
all- All platforms (default)
Note: Even with the
--package option, the auto-update files (.nupkg for Windows,
-darwin.zip for Mac) will always be produced.
Windows build notes
The Windows app can be packaged from any platform.
Note: Windows code signing only works from Windows, for now.
brew install wine mono
(Requires the Homebrew package manager.)
Mac build notes
The Mac app can only be packaged from macOS.
Linux build notes
The Linux app can be packaged from any platform.
If packaging from Mac, install system dependencies with Homebrew by running:
npm run install-system-deps
Recommended readings to start working in the app
React.js (Framework to work with Frontend UI): https://reactjs.org/docs/getting-started.html
Material UI (React components that implement Google's Material Design.): https://material-ui.com/getting-started
Please note that this is not an official Webtorrent client, but a privacy enhanced fork!